Benazir Bhutto killed

December 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in News | 2 Comments
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Benazir BhuttoI have no words for it. The BBC reports:

Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a presumed suicide attack, a spokesman for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) says.

Other reports said Ms Bhutto had only been injured and taken to hospital. Ms Bhutto had just addressed a rally of PPP supporters in the town of Rawalpindi when the rally was hit by a blast. At least 15 other people are reported killed in the attack. Ms Bhutto has twice been the country’s prime minister and was campaigning ahead of elections due in January.

How the Jolie-Pitts save the world

August 14, 2007 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Celebrities, News | 1 Comment
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It seems the Jolie-Pitts have decided to extinguish global famine by adoption. The Daily Mail reports they’re set for adopting baby No. 4 (5, if one counts biological children…).

Blog banners: One signature could end the Iraq war

April 29, 2007 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Blogging, Guantanamo, Marketing, News, Politics, Viral, Web 2.0 | 1 Comment
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Barack Obama’s website has now gone Web 2.0, offering the source code for banners of the “One signature could end this war” campaign to users to put on their blog.

These are the three banner options – I put the third one into a text widget to add it to my sidebar:

The source code can be grabbed here.

This is just one of several ways in which Obama’s team is trying to stimulate people to spread the word: Their campaign also includes printable flyers which people can download and assistance in writing letters to the editor. All options.

“Va. Tech gunman” & the NBC material

April 19, 2007 at 1:28 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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So the NBC received material from the “Virgina Tech Tech gunman” between the first shooting in the early morning and the second two hours later, and received it the traditional way, via mail. A selection of pictures and video from this “multimedia manifesto” can be seen on the NBC homepage (btw: not among the top headlines of NBC.com) or here on USAtoday.com.

I’m hesitant to even form an opinion about this. It worries me deeply that the most atrocious crimes of our days (9/11, War in Iraq, Va. Tech) reach us as media representations mainly. I know there is no going back, and of course I am myself completely hooked up to the media sphere. Nevertheless, I often dream about a life that would be confined to our immediate environment, and not haunted by the mediamatic ghosts of our times. No need in telling me that this dream is pointless, and I am not the type of conservationist who’d want to turn back the time. But I still have the feeling that it would be healthier if…

As said above, this is such a sensitive issue that I don’t even WANT to articulate a view of my own.

Language is a virus, and it seems as if ‘society’ (or which ever name you’d like to give this dumb mob) has decided to baptize a new strain after the name ‘Cho Seung-Hui’. Jetsam wrote something earlier in a comment about the witch media hunt after the shooter’s parents that has now started. And I have a very bad feeling about this collision between mediamatic codes of representation and archaic ways of dealing with a crisis.

EDIT: And I don’t think that the material should have been published. I fear that the publication did only contribute to the further shaping of the gunman mold, making it a discursive vehicle for all sorts of troubled minds who are craving for a way out of the insignificance of their own lives.

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